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In Order To Extend Its Defence Sector Footprint In Africa, India Launches A Defence Expo In Tanzania

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  • India's and Tanzania's historical ties, adding that bilateral defence collaboration has a lot of potential.
  • Deputy NSA Vikram Misri visited Tanzania in the first week of May, when he met with Defense and Foreign Ministers

Through a defence exhibition hosted in Dar-es-Salaam on Friday, India sought to deepen its defence partnership with Tanzania, a Southeast African country.

A Mini-DefExpo was held in Dar es Salaam by the Indian High Commission. The event drew 16 Indian companies (7 from the public sector and 9 from the private sector).

Anurag Bajpai, Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of Defence, led the Indian delegation.

Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Tanzania’s Minister of Defense, was the Chief Guest and officially opened the event. During her remarks, Dr. Tax urged TPDF and Indian Partners to collaborate and build partnerships with an open mind.

TPDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. ME Mkinguke and senior TPDF officials were also in attendance. COS Lt Gen Mkingule reflected on India’s and Tanzania’s historical ties, adding that bilateral defence collaboration has a lot of potential.

Following the lecture, TPDF officers met with representatives from other companies in one-on-one meetings.

India and Tanzania have a long history of defence cooperation in the areas of trading, capacity building, and equipment delivery.

Deputy NSA Vikram Misri visited Tanzania in the first week of May, when he met with Defense and Foreign Ministers, as well as TPDF officials.

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